Forced OTA upgrades *MAY* fail on factory 1GB SD

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Darkrift

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Lots of users in 3-5 different threads are running into problems where they get an error about unable to mount the SD card, causing the upgrade to fail. After lots of reading and searching I have found 5 users who get the same problem. All 5 are using the 1GB card that was included with their G1. 3 of them have tried different versions of fat16/fat32 and still failed. Those 3 have tried a different card and the upgrade worked.

Since there are a lot of threads about this upgrade and most are getting long, I thought I would make a new one with this warning. If you are using the default 1GB card, the update will most likely fail. This should not stop you from getting the automatic updates though because those are not saved on the SD card.
 
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Darkrift

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Some can, some cannot. I want to find more out about these cards. Maybe there are a few different versions of the card. Anyone who has tried it on the factory card, please post with whether it worked or not, and ANY info you can read from the card (brand, serial anything). so we can try to narrow this down more.
 

uberingram

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Mine worked on the stock card.

Edit: I would like to add however that a lot of us running RC29 this way are having issues connecting to data via 3G. It seems EDGE and WiFi connections remain unaffected. Upgrade at your own risk as nothing has been confirmed. Reports are starting to trickle into AndroidCommunity about this.
 

satru

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can try factory reset from recovery windows, maybe was installed some file or program that have acces to sd card file and give problem with the update from sd. it is only a idea . could be a lot of thing , the first one is the user.







Some can, some cannot. I want to find more out about these cards. Maybe there are a few different versions of the card. Anyone who has tried it on the factory card, please post with whether it worked or not, and ANY info you can read from the card (brand, serial anything). so we can try to narrow this down more.
 

Yos025

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Oct 13, 2007
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Keep an eye on it for us. I'm not entirely convinced it's an RC29 issue but I can't seem to narrow down what is actually going on.

I manually did the upgrade and I am using 3g only network and has worked fine all day... I will keep you post it if I encounter any problems...
 

jriley60

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Nov 1, 2008
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my sd card

sanDisk 1gb 082280342OC2EJ worked fine and as far as i know 3g is working. it was earlier at least. i get no service in my downstairs condo :/ so i'll confirm tomorrow
 

Darkrift

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Little more info was just found. Seems someone with that problem checked the card out in fdisk and found there was no partition table on it. Basically that means that the device would be "mmcblk0" but the bootloader is looking for "mmcblk0p1" (partition 1). I havent seen this before so I am guessing its either a bug in the method used to format the card, or maybe the partition tables are getting damaged. Based on this and the fact that some users are getting it to work I still believe the cards are different, or were formatted differently (maybe different batches). Not enough data yet to find a pattern though.

Also he thinks the card that came with his G1 is a transcend, but he will check on it.
 

neoobs

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Now I'm worried about my 3g. Should I be connected to 3g any time I can access edge? Any one have word on whether force updating causes 3g problems?

I am connected to 3G all the time... but if I have too weak of a single it switchs to edge. you should always see the 3G icon.
 

jriley60

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so

just went out and there was no 3g or edge connection for a long time. i had service just 3g and edge weren't showing up, but when it did connect it was 3g and would switch between edge and 3g.
 

SmartBrother90

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Little more info was just found. Seems someone with that problem checked the card out in fdisk and found there was no partition table on it. Basically that means that the device would be "mmcblk0" but the bootloader is looking for "mmcblk0p1" (partition 1). I havent seen this before so I am guessing its either a bug in the method used to format the card, or maybe the partition tables are getting damaged. Based on this and the fact that some users are getting it to work I still believe the cards are different, or were formatted differently (maybe different batches). Not enough data yet to find a pattern though.

Also he thinks the card that came with his G1 is a transcend, but he will check on it.

this wat i keep gettin

Android system recovery utility

E: Can't open /cache/recovery/command



Home+Back...etc

Alt+L- toogle log..etc
Alt+S-update.zip....etc
Alt+W-..etc



Installing from sdcard...

Finding update package...
E: CAn't mount /dev/block/mmcblk0pl1

(No such file or directory)
E: Can't mount SDCARD:update.zip

Installation aborted


Press HOme+Back to reboot
 

neoobs

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just went out and there was no 3g or edge connection for a long time. i had service just 3g and edge weren't showing up, but when it did connect it was 3g and would switch between edge and 3g.

We have all been getting that off and on... it should be fixed at least it has for most of us but then again I just woke up LOL